To Hand Address or Not to Hand Address?
Hello modern brides. Today I would like to discuss addressing your wedding invitations. There is much debate on whether wedding invitations should be addressed by hand, and whether or not it’s “tacky” to run the envelopes through your home printer.
I mainly wanted to write this post for all brides who are considering using printed addresses for their wedding invitations but are worried that they might come off as “tacky” or “not personal”. I would like to go on record saying that there is nothing to worry about! This is a totally acceptable thing to do! Addressing your wedding invitations by printing directly on the envelopes or using a label is completely fine (and in 99% of cases it looks fabulous too!).
I personally love the idea of printing out the addresses on your wedding invitation envelopes and I did it for my own wedding. It looks neat and clean and you can often use the font that matches your invites for a cohesive look. Did I mention that it’s a huge time saver and remedy for deadly hand cramps!?! The US postal service will probably thank you too. In this day and age of technology, why NOT take advantage of something that will make your life 10 times easier and look great to boot?
Some argue that by *not* addressing your invitations by hand it looks as if you don’t care. As if you can’t be bothered by the time it takes for a gesture as personal as handwriting an address. I can understand this sentiment to some degree, but why does using a computer to address an envelope mean that you don’t care? Just because you can take advantage of a convenient way to print on envelopes that didn’t exist 30 years ago doesn’t mean you aren’t sentimental or that your guests aren’t important to you. I don’t see anyone “hand-writing” invitations - could you imagine?!? Inviting your guests to the wedding itself and showing your gratitude that they were able to attend is what really conveys sentimentality and personal gesture, not the way in which you put ink on a card.
So the message here is that if you’re considering printing the addresses on your envelopes and are on the fence, don’t be. Just go for it! If you are really in love with hand addressing and want to do it that way, that’s fine too! Just do what works best for you and don’t worry too much about this one.
For those of you who have decided to actually attemp to print the addresses themselves, stay tuned. I had a few *kinks* to work out when I did mine, so in the next few weeks I plan to post a “how to” guide on getting this DIY task done!